RDV2017: Tall Ships Regatta coming to Quebec City

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The USCGC Eagle is just one of some 40 magnificent sailing ships that will drop anchor in Quebec City and Lévis in mid-July during the RDV2017 Tall Ships Regatta. Built in Hamburg, Germany, in 1936 to train cadets for the German Navy, the Eagle was taken as a war prize by the United States after World War II.

Quebec City and Levis are gearing up to receive some 40 Tall Ships that will be sailing in Canadian waters to honour the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017.

Much more than just a “port visit,” the Tall Ships Regatta’s visit to the Port of Quebec is just one stop along a transatlantic race of 7,000 nautical miles taking place over the course of five months in 2017. The race started in Royal Greenwich, Great Britain, on April 13 and will finish in the port of Le Havre, France, sometime between August 31 and September 3. There will be stops in Portugal, Bermuda, the United States and Canada along the way.

Quebec City and Lévis will be the main rallying point on this tour of Canadian waters. The fleet, along with its over 3,000 crew members will be here for a grand celebration from July 19 to 23. Lots of free activities, including visits on board the ships and quayside entertainment are planned for families and visitors. Visit the RDV2017 website at www.rdv2017.com/en/programmation/ to see program details.

The Tall Ships arrive on Tuesday, July 18 at a time to be determined by wind and tide. The sight of the fleet of 40 large sailing ships sailing up the St. Lawrence River will be a breathtaking display.

On July 22 at 10 p.m. a fireworks display will take place over the river between Quebec City and Levis. On July 20, more than 3,000 sailors will march through the streets of Old Quebec.

The Tall Ships will set sail and depart on Sunday, July 23, with a Grand Parade on the St. Lawrence River. Again, tide and wind will determine the exact time.

You can even sign up to be a member of the crew of one of the Tall Ships! Anyone can become a trainee. All you need is the spirit of adventure and a love of travel. Aimed primarily at young people (15 - 25), it is open to all ages. There is even one ship reserved for those with reduced mobility. If you are young at heart, you can join the crew. No experience necessary!

Visit the RDV2017 website at www.rdv2017.com/en/trainee/ to learn more and sign up.